Archive - Nov 12, 2011
Big East Player of the Year Prediction: Jeremy Lamb
His spaghetti arms look chiseled, and his game is more complete. Dribble-dribble step back jumpers mixed with explosive takes to the rack, Lamb has put together a package that offers primary scoring tools. He scored 30 in Connecticut's opener, shooting 11-17 on 5-8 from behind the arch. Lamb and UNC's Harrison Barnes are the best perimeter forwards in the country, and should both be in contention for the prestigious National Player of the Year award.
If you didn't catch the opener, you didn't catch this... Jeremy Lamb Goes Airborne
God'sgift Achiuwa, 6'8 PF, St. Johns
He didn't miss a shot in the opener, going 6-6 from the field and 9-9 from the stripe. He showed impressive rebounding abilities, and should give St. Johns a true interior presence they otherwise wouldn't have.
Eric Atkins, 6'1 PG, Notre Dame
Atkins scored a career high 27 in Notre Dame's first game, showing impressive quickness and a cleaner stroke from outside. The Irish will need someone else to step up alongside Abromaitis, so this surge is a good sign.
Travon Woodall, 5'11 PG, Pittsburgh
Tra dropped 25 points and 10 assists on Albany Friday night, showing a thorough combination of playmaking and scoring. Woodall will have a more full-time role in the backcourt this season, and should allow Ashton Gibbs to play off the ball where he's more effective.
Dominic Cheek, 6'6 SG, Villanova
Cheek took advantage of his playing time, hoisting up 15 shots and converting on 9. He scored 27 points, hitting five 3 pointers. Cheek should continue to get double digit shot attempts in an offense that's missing a go-to guy.
The 2010-2011 season was filled with mid-major schools gaining national notoriety for performances in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and individual player performances throughout the season. Butler (8 seed) and Virginia Commonwealth (11 seed) stunned the country by advancing to the Final Four to face-off against each other for a chance to play in the National Championship Game against Connecticut (3 seed). Butler beat VCU, 70-62, and advanced to the title game, losing to Connecticut, 53-41, in one of the sloppiest National Championship games in recent memory.